Right after the Sky were swept out of their first WNBA playoffs last fall, Elena Delle Donne knew she had to get stronger. An offseason in Chicago built around 4½-hour workouts has the Chicago star ready for her sophomore season.
Sylvia Fowles has said Elena Delle Donne was the missing piece the Sky needed. But it's the way to the two complement each other -- and Fowles' best WNBA season yet -- that have helped Chicago into first place in the East.
With all the key players returning and the addition of Elena Delle Donne, an improved Courtney Vandersloot at point guard just might be the final piece to getting the Sky to the playoffs for the first time.